Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education has challenged regulatory bodies in the education sector to contribute their quota towards the delivery of quality education.
He said it was the duty of the Ministry to support both managers and workers in the sector, the regulatory bodies were to be accountable, sincere, honest, fair and committed to the country’s development.
Addressing some members of the various regulatory bodies in the sector, the minister stated that technical and vocational education in the country was not up to standards.
Dr Opoku Prempeh said: “it is expected of the National Council of Tertiary Education (NCTE) to be a functional regulator to tertiary institutions in the country to ensure fairness”.
“Universities will continue to have their academic independence, but all public institutions need to be accountable to NCTE.
“We have to live in a country where people provide papers from institutions that we all respect,” he said.
He said it was expected of government to also provide the needed resources and encouragement for regulators to work effectively.
The regulatory bodies include the NCTE, Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), National Board for Professional and Technician Examination (NEBPTEX), National Accreditation Board (NAB) and other agencies under the ministry.
“And we need all stakeholders to critically examine themselves to know how they are contributing to the sector,” he said.
Dr Opoku Prempeh also called on the board of the Ghana Education Service to concentrate on the performance and growth of schools and urged NAB to put in a robust accreditation system.
“If you are at COTVET then you are supposed to regulate technical and vocational institutions and advise government on what to do,” he said.
Participants called for effective collaboration among various educational intuitions and encouraged themselves to do things differently to achieve better results for the sector.